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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

The Great Fire: 1904

The Great Fire: 1904

"Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Fighting the fire on Baltimore Street." The first in a series of photographs from the fire, which burned for two days in February 1904, consuming much of downtown Baltimore. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Mencken

H.L. Mecnken, who was working as an editor for the Baltimore Morning Herald, wrote about the Great Fire of Baltimore in the second volume of his memoir "Newspaper Days."

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The famous Red Light District!

 
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